paperwhites, bottled.

January 17, 2013

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I’ve been growing these bulbs since mid-December and teasing you with bits and bobs of them ever since. Finally, they’ve blossomed and I’ve compiled a quick and dirty (though not so very dirty) tutorial for Gardenista. I’m hoping the post will give you the nudge you need to haul out your own collection of bottles and plug them up with bulbs. No such collection? This might be just the occasion to splurge on that bottle of fancy kombucha. Whatever your vessel, here’s three cheers for forcing flowers in winter. Some things just can’t wait until spring.

Helpful advice and more pretty pictures, thisaway.

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  • Reply Sophie January 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    This is a brilliant idea!

  • Reply Hannah Reynolds January 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I love this! I am moving soon but this will be a good trick for our new place that is surrounded in windows. Thank you for sharing :)


  • Reply call me debbie January 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    love love love that! :)

  • Reply Alexa January 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    i was gifted a bottled paperwhite by a work friend in december and it's such a joy to watch it bloom on my desk these days.

  • Reply Mary January 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    That first picture is absolutely gorgeous. And I love the little bit of life in winter that forced bulbs give – it's just the thing to get you through the grey days of winter.

  • Reply Becca January 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    My husband, a veterinarian and nature lover, looked at these photos and sighed. I think I need to grow some for him!

  • Reply sweet harvest moon January 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I have some too! I love to watch them grow!

  • Reply Katie January 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I am loving how you did them in individual glasses to create a display. Might have to give that a go next year!

  • Reply Green Tree Boutique January 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    beautiful display!

  • Reply another feather January 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Oh man, how exciting! This just might be the thing I need to do for a little cheer during these winter months!

  • Reply Mary January 18, 2013 at 1:05 am

    This is magnificent. Paperwhites are so… how should i describe them? Wonderful? Whimsical? Hard to find the words for their beauty.. especially since they're a true harbinger of earliest Springtime!

  • Reply ~Kat~ January 18, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Oh Erin, these are simply sublime :)

  • Reply Sarah Dee January 20, 2013 at 12:04 am

    These are so great!


  • Reply Caroline Hadley February 21, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Could this work with other bulbs as well? I love tulips, but I'm afraid they'd be too too heavy and fall over.

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